Truck fire closes airport road

2011-12-01 14:14

Johannesburg - A truck caught fire on the R21 north near OR Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg on Thursday, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

By noon, firefighters were still battling to extinguish the flames, spokesperson Mveli Nhlapo said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

"The driver managed to jump out of the vehicle when it caught alight, Nhlapo said.

He said the R21 was temporarily closed to traffic.

  • Jabulani - 2011-12-01 14:42

    We are paying the price for the inefficiet rail transport system. These trucks are causing huge losses to the economy. Delays on highways are caused by trucks most of the time e.g truck jacknifed. Even this morning, there was a trucked that overturned on the R21 and I arrived at work at 10h00

  • Brad - 2011-12-01 16:05

    It was an escort truck, anyone for some smoked viennas? And the only reason it messed up traffic is because of all the rubbernekking! It was standing on the shoulder and didnt affect the road but most people stopped to have a good look and take a picture!!

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